Policeman, wife arrested for assaulting domestic helper

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 March, 2008, 12:00am

A police officer and his wife have been arrested for allegedly assaulting their domestic helper.

Tri-Agustina, 23, from Indonesia, told her employment agency she had been imprisoned in the flat since she started working for the couple six months ago and had been repeatedly assaulted with hands, knees and slippers because her employers said she did not take proper care of their nine-month-old daughter.

She had also been deprived of food, the agency was told.

Tri-Agustina was told to wear a surgical mask to cover injuries to her face and was always accompanied by her one of her employers when she went out, a consultant from King's One Employment Agency in Hung Hom, Ms Chan, said.

The agent had not been able to contact the maid after she started work for the household because she had not been working where her employers had stated in the contract.

Ms Chan said the maid, who could not speak English or Cantonese, had managed to indicate her plight in a phone call with the help of an interpreter on Friday.

Ms Chan said she rescued Tri-Agustina from the flat the next morning.

The maid had a swelling on her face 'the size of a fresh egg' and many bruises, she said.

Tri-Agustina was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Unionist Elizabeth Tang Yin-ngor said the case was serious and that many foreign workers in the city faced inhumane treatment by their employers.

A police spokesman said the employers - an officer surnamed Wong and his wife, both aged 27 - were arrested yesterday afternoon in their Tuen Mun flat.

The officer, a member of the Emergency Unit Kowloon West, and his wife had been released on bail and had to report back to police next month.